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caracalla ant-.jpg
215 AD - CARACALLA antoninianus 29 viewsobv: ANTONINVS.PIVS.AVG.GERM
rev: PM.TRP.XVIII.COS.IIII.PP (Jupiter standing right holding thunderbolt & scepter)
ref: RIC258a, C.279
mint: Rome
Scarce
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caracalla dup-.jpg
210-213 AD - CARACALLA dupondius 17 viewsobv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG [BRIT]
rev: [PM.TRP.XVII.IMP.III] COS.IIII.PP / S.C. (Libertas)
ref: RIC503, C.227
Scarce
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caracalla as-.jpg
215 AD - CARACALLA as 49 viewsobv: ANTONINVS.PIVS.AVG.GERM
rev:PM.TRP.XVIII.COS.IIII.PP / S.C. (Aesculapius standing, facing; small figure of Telesphorus at his side)
ref: RIC554b, C.310
mint: Rome, 10.80g, Scarce
History: Caracalla became quite ill in 214 AD, and in the autumn of this year he visited the shrine of Aesculapius at Pergamun. Telesophorus was a small boy who accompanied Aesculapius, and he became the symbol of success in the practice of medicine.
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sevalex AE27-Markianapolis.jpg
226-227 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER AE24 Markianopolis, Moesia Inferior 22 viewsobv: AVT K M AVP CEV ALEZANDROC
rev: HG OUM TEREBENTINOU MARKIANOPOLITWN (Nemesis standing left with scales & rod, wheel at foot)
ref: Moushmov 710v
mint: Markianapolis, 9.04gms, 24mm
Legate Umbrius Tereventinus (c.AD226-227)
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caracalla AE27-Nikopolis.jpg
202-205 AD - CARACALLA AE27 of Nicopolis, Moesia Inferior 15 viewsobv:AV K M AVP ANTWNINOC
rev:VP AVP GALLOV NIKOPOLIT PROCI (eagle standing facing, wings spread, head right with wreath in its beak)
ref:Moushmov 1114v
mint:Nicopolis, 11.68g, 27mm
Legate Aurelius Gallus (c. AD202-205)
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septsev den-.jpg
196-197 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS denarius 17 viewsobv: L.SEPT.SEV.PERT.AVG.IMP VIII
rev: PM TRP V COS II PP (Pax seated left with branch & scepter)
ref: RIC490a, C.444
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, 2.37gms
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geta den-.jpg
198 AD - GETA Caesar denarius 16 viewsobv: L.SEPTIMIVS.GETA.CAES
rev: FELICITAS.TEMPOR (Felicitas standing left left, holding cauduceus & cornucopiae)
ref: RIC2, C.44
mint: Laodicea ad Mare
3.12gms
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caracalla den03-.jpg
213 AD - CARACALLA limes denarius 19 viewsobv: ANTONINVS.PIVS.AVG.BRIT
rev: P.M.TR.P.XVI.COS.IIII.P.P. (Hercules standing left, holding branch, club and lion's skin)
ref: RIC IV 206a, RSC 220
3.23gms
Limes (or "border") denarii were produced on the fringes of the Empire – mainly on the Eastern borders - because of the coin shortage. They were made of zink and some other metals, and were invariably cast. It seems that the coins were official or, at least, semi-official, since they circulated alongside the official coins. They were usually molded, but sometimes was struck - like this.
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caracalla den01-.jpg
203 AD - CARACALLA denarius15 viewsobv:ANTONINVS PIVS AVG
rev:VIRTVS AVGG (Virtus standing left, holding Victory & scepter)
ref:RIC149, C.667
2.49g
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caracalla den02-.jpg
207 AD - CARACALLA denarius 19 viewsobv:ANTONINVS PIVS AVG
rev:PONTIF TRP X COS II (Securitas seated right on curule chair, propping head on right hand & holding scepter, altar before)
ref:RIC92, C.434
2.63g
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elagabal den-.jpg
221 AD - ELAGABALUS denarius 9 viewsobv: IMP.ANTONINVS.PIVS.AVG (laureate bust right)
rev: PM.TRP.IIII.COS.III.PP (Elagabalus standing half-left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch upwards in left hand, star in left field)
ref: RIC177, C.196
mint: Antiochia, 2.72g
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jsoemias den-.jpg
220 AD - JULIA SOAEMIAS denarius 17 viewsobv: IVLIA SOAMIAS AVG (draped bust right)
rev: VENVS CAELESTIS (Venus seated left, holding scepter, extending her hand to Cupid standing before her)
ref: RIC243(Elagabalus), C.14
mint: Rome, 2.32g
She was the mother of Elagabalus, killed together his son by Praetorian Guard in 222 AD
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sevalex den01-.jpg
228 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER denarius 14 viewsobv: IMP.SEV.ALEXANDER.AVG
rev: VIRTVS.AVG (Virtus standing left holding Victory, leaning on shield, spear resting against arm)
ref: RIC220, C.579(3fr.)
mint: Rome, 3.19gms
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sevalex den02-.jpg
230 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER denarius 22 viewsobv: IMP.SEV.ALEXAND.AVG
rev: FIDES.MILITVM (Fides standing facing, head left, holding two legionary standards)
ref: RIC139, C.52
mint: Rome, 2.68gms
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sevalex den03-.jpg
222-228 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER denarius 15 viewsobv: IMP.C.M.AVR.SEV.ALEXAND.AVG
rev: VIRTVS.AVG (Virtus standing right, holding reversed spear & leaning on shield with left hand)
ref: RIC182, C.578
mint: Rome, 3.31gms
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jmaesa ant-~0.jpg
218-219 AD - JULIA MAESA antoninianus 22 viewsobv: IVLIA MAESA AVG (diademed & draped bust right, resting on crescent)
rev: PIETAS AVG (Pietas standing left, holding patera over altar & box of incense)
ref: RIC264(Elagabalus), C.30
mint: Rome, 4.56g
Scarce
Julia Maesa was the grandmother of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander, died c. 223-5 AD.
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jmamaea den-.jpg
226 AD - JULIA MAMAEA denarius 11 viewsobv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA (diademed & draped bust right)
rev: VESTA (Vesta standing half-left, holding palladium & scepter)
ref: RIC360(SevAlex), C.81
2.67gms
She was the mother of Severus Alexander
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jmamaea as-.jpg
232 AD - JULIA MAMAEA as 12 viewsobv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA (diademed and draped bust right)
rev: FECVNDITAS AVGVSTAE / S.C. (Fecunditas standing left, child at her feet)
ref: RIC669(SevAlex), C.9
7.11gms
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jmaesa den-.jpg
220-222 AD - JULIA MAESA billon denarius 13 viewsobv: IVLIA MAESA AVG (draped bust right)
rev: SAECVLI FELICITAS (Felicitas standing left with long caduceus, sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, star right)
ref: RIC271(Elagabalus), C.45
3.08gms
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plautilla as-RR.jpg
202-205 AD - PLAUTILLA As (cast)55 viewsobv: PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA (draped bust right)
rev: PIETAS AVGG / S.C. (Pietas standing right holding scepter & child)
ref: RIC IVi 581(Caracalla) (R), C.19 (8frcs)
3.32gms, 23mm
Extremely rare
Fulvia Plautilla was the wife of Caracalla (AD202-205). In 205 she was banished to Sicily, later to the isle of Lipari, where was assassinated by Caracalla’s order in 212 AD.
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jdomna dup-.jpg
211-217 AD - JULIA DOMNA as or dupondius15 viewsobv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG (draped bust right)
rev: IVNONEM /S.C. (Juno standing left, holding patera & scepter, peacock at feet)
ref: RIC599(Caracalla) (Scarce), C.91
9.69gms, 26mm
Rare
Wife of Septimius Severus, mother of Caracalla and Geta. Caracalla murdered Geta in their mother's private apartments and Geta died in her arms. After the murder of her son Caracalla in 217, Julia Domna starved herself to death.
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sevalex as.jpg
227 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER as 28 viewsobv: [IMP.CAES.M.AVR.SEV.ALEXANDER.AVG] (laureate, draped bust right)
rev: PM.[TRP.?.]COS.II.PP / S.C. (Severus standing left, sacrificing from patera over altar, holding roll in left hand)
ref: RIC438 or 447 or 470 or 486
7.81gms, 22.5mm
The edge of this coin was cut, thus it's hard enough to determine which year' struck. This reverse issued four times, between 225-228 AD.
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sevalex dup.jpg
228 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER dupondius 35 viewsobv: IMP.SEV.ALEXANDER.AVG (radiate head right)
rev: RESTITVTOR MON / S.C. (emperor standing left, in military dress, extending right hand & holding scepter)
ref: RIC601 (S), C.516
11.68gms, 24mm
Rare
Of all the emperors, Severus Alexander is the only one who boasts of himself as the Restorer of the (Roman) Mint, but it is unknown what the commemorated reforms were.
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sevalex sest4.jpg
231-235 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER sestertius 21 viewsobv: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG (laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right)
rev: MARS VLTOR / S.C. (Mars advancing right, holding spear & shield)
ref: RIC 635, Cohen 169, BMC 846
18.30gms, 29mm
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sevalex sest3.jpg
231 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER sestertius 20 viewsobv: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG (laureate bust right, draped on left shoulder)
rev: PM TRP X COS III PP / S.C. (Sol, radiate, standing facing, head left, raising hand & holding globe)
ref:R IC515, C.412
18.10gms, 30mm
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sevalex sest2.jpg
231 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER sestertius 24 viewsobv: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG (laureate draped bust right)
rev: PM TRP X COS III PP / S.C. (Victory standing left, holding wreath & palm)
ref: RIC521, C.419
18.34gms, 29mm
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sevalex sest1.jpg
233 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER sestertius67 viewsobv: IMP.ALEXANDER.PIVS (laureate draped bust right)
rev: PM TRP XII COS III PP / S.C. (Sol standing left with raised hand & whip)
ref: RIC 535, Cohen 442, BMC 932
17.20gms, 27mm
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mamaea sest.jpg
224 AD (?)- JULIA MAMAEA sestertius 24 viewsobv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA (diademed and draped bust right)
rev: VENVS FELIX (Venus seated left, holding statuette and scepter), S-C in ex.
ref: RIC 701, Cohen 69, BMC 197
21.35gms, 30mm
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elagabalus sest.jpg
220-221 AD - ELAGABALUS sestertius 31 viewsobv: IMP.CAES.M.AVR.ANTONINVS.PIVS.AVG (laureate draped bust right)
rev: LIBERTAS.AVG / S.C. (Libertas standing left holding pileus & cornucopiae, star in left field)
ref: RIC IVii 357A (S), C.-
18.81gms, 29mm
Rare
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maesa sest.jpg
220-222 AD - JULIA MAESA sestertius 42 viewsobv: IVLIA MAESA AVG (diademed & draped bust right)
rev: SAECVLI FELICITAS / S.C. (Felicitas standing left, sacrificing from patera over altar & holding long caduceus, star to right)
ref: RIC IVii 422 (Elagabalus) (S), BMCRE 397 (Elagabalus), Cohen 49 (6 fr.)
23.92gms, 30mm
Rare
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septsev sest.jpg
193 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS sestertius 28 viewsobv: IMP CAES L SEPT SEV PERT AVG (laureate head right)
rev: VIRT AVG TR P COS (Virtus standing left, holding Victory & spear reversed), S-C in field
ref: RIC IVi 657 (S), C.753 (8frcs)
17.42gms, 25-28mm
Scarce
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septsev sest-2.jpg
196 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS sestertius 14 viewsobv: L.SEPT.SEV.PERT.AVG.IMP VIII (laureate cuirassed bust right)
rev: [PM.TRP.IIII.COS.II.PP.] / S.C. (Victory advancing left, holding wreath & palm)
ref: RIC IVi 725, C.420
18.28gms, 29mm
Scarce
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jdomna sest.jpg
196 AD - JULIA DOMNA sestertius 25 viewsobv: IVLIA AVGVSTA (draped bust right)
rev: HILARITAS (Hilaritas standing left, holding long palm and cornucopiae), S-C in field
ref: RIC IVi 855 (SeptSev), C.73 (8frcs)
20.12gms, 28mm
Scarce
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caracalla den.jpg
204 AD - CARACALLA AR denarius 18 viewsobv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG (laureate head right)
rev: VICTORIAE / AVGG (Victory in galloping biga right), AVGG in ex
ref: RIC 170, RSC 622 (10fr.), BMC 518
mint: Rome
2.63gms
Scarce
Rome 204 AD. This year was the celebration of the Secular Games, (116 years after the last celebration by Domitian), but this issue is rather commemorated the defeat of the Parthians by Augustorum (Severus & Caracalla).
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jdomna den.jpg
198-211 AD - JULIA DOMNA fourée denarius30 viewsobv: IVLIA AVGVSTA (draped bust right)
rev: VESTA SANCTAE (Vesta standing left with patera & scepter)
ref: RIC IVi 587 (Sept.Sev.), Cohen 246, BMC 99
mint: Rome
3.29gms
Scarce
This issue is shown by the start of the third century AD, fourée coins had a thin layer of silver. Already his weight is suspicious...
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septsev den1.jpg
194 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR denarius 14 viewsobv: IMP CAE.L.SEP.SEV.PERT.AVG.COS.II (laureate head right)
rev: FORT REDVC (Fortuna standing left, holding rudder & cornucopia)
ref: RIC IVi 376b
mint: Emesa
2.28gms
Scarce
Fortune that brings back the Emperor in safety. Fortune was said to distribute wealth by her cornucopiae, and to weild by her rudder the government of human affairs.
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septsev den2.jpg
194-195 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR denarius 20 viewsobv: IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS I-I (laureate head right)
rev: FORTVN REDVC (Fortuna -as Hilaritas- standing left holding long palm & cornucopiae)
ref: RIC IVi 383, RSC175a
mint: Emesa
2.21gms
Scarce
Some obverse dies from 'Emesa' show the last letter 'I' placed beyond the point of the bust. One possibility is that these were the product of a mint traveling with the Emperor during the Eastern war against Niger. (According to Doug Smith).
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sol-gorsium.jpg
SOL statue from Gorsium (Pannonia Inferior) - 3rd century AD124 viewsGorsium is the greatest open-air archeological park in the Carpathian basin. The city was established in place of a military settlement by the Emperor Trajan. Gorsium lay at one of the most important road intersections in the province, and it was the center of emperor worship in Pannonia and the seat of the provincial assembly. Delegates from all over the province gathered here once every year to offer sacrifices to their gods for the glory of the reigning emperor, and to attend the assembly meetings. Septimius Severus visited the city in AD 202, and rebuilt the Temple of Augustus, what was destroyed by Markomanns in AD 178.
The city was full of pagan shrines, reliefs and monuments. According to the artifacts, the inhabitants of the city worshipped Aeneas, Amor, Icarus, Achilles, Jupiter, Silvanus, Minerva, Liber, Attis, Hercules, Venus, Luna, Juno, Mars, Victoria, Diana, Mithra and others.
This SOL statue was found in the central free-well together with broken coins and other things. 42mm high.
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elagabalus ant1.jpg
219-220 AD - ELAGABALUS antoninianus 13 viewsobv: IMP.CAES.M.AVR.ANTONINVS.AVG (radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right)
rev: VICTOR.ANTONINI.AVG (Victory advancing right with palm & wreath)
ref: RIC IVii 155, C.291 (3frcs.)
mint: Rome
4.52gms
This coin was struck in commemoration of the victory of Elagabalus over Macrinus in 218 AD.
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elagabalus den.jpg
218-219 AD - ELAGABALUS denarius 26 viewsobv: ANTONINVS.PIVS.FEL.AVG (laureate head right, bust draped & cuirassed)
rev: CONSVL II PP (Rome seated left, holding Victory & spear, by her side shield)
ref: RIC IVii 169, C.25 (30frcs.)
mint: Antioch
Rare
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elagabalus ant3.jpg
218 AD - ELAGABALUS antoninianus 9 viewsobv: IMP.CAES.M.AVR.ANTONINVS.AVG (radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right)
rev: FIDES.EXERCITVS (Fides seated left holding two standards)
ref: RIC IVii 70 (S), C.31 (3frcs.)
3.05gms
Scarce
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elagabalus ant2-.jpg
218 AD - ELAGABALUS antoninianus 39 viewsobv: IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG (radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right)
rev: P M TR P COS P P (Roma seated left holding Victory and scepter, shield at her side)
ref: RIC IVii 1 (C), C.125 (3frcs.), S 2086
3.94gms
ex Numismatic LANZ
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sevalex denar-.jpg
228-231 AD - SEVERUS ALEXANDER denarius13 viewsobv: IMP.SEV.ALEXAND.AVG (laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder)
rev: VIRTVS.AVG (Virtus seated left holding branch & scepter or inverted spear)
ref: RIC221, C.580
2gms
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macrinus denar-.jpg
217 AD - MACRINUS denarius15 viewsobv: IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG (laureate draped & cuirassed bust right)
rev: FIDES MILITVM (Fides standing facing, head right, holding two standards)
ref: RIC67, C.23
2.91gms
Scarce
Marcus Opellius Macrinus was the Emperor for fourteen months in 217 and 218. Macrinus was the first emperor to become so without membership in the senatorial class and the first emperor of Moorish descent.
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orbiana denar-.jpg
225 AD - ORBIANA denarius22 viewsobv: SALL.BARBIA.ORBIANA (diademed & draped bust right)
rev: CONCORDIA.AVGG (Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera & double cornucopiae)
ref: RIC319(SevAlex)(S), C.1(20fr.)
2.37gms, rare
Sallustia Barbia Orbiana Augusta was the wife of Severus Alexander who was banished on the whims of Julia Mamaea, who's control of her son she felt was threatened. In 227 on the charge of attempted murder of the emperor, Orbiana was sent in exile to Libya.
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geta RIC6-Castor.jpg
200-202 AD - GETA Caesar denarius12 viewsobv: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT (draped bust right)
rev: CASTOR (Castor standing left in front of horse, reins in right hand & scepter in left)
ref: RIC IVi 6, RSC 12(10frcs), BMC 216
mint: Rome
3.02gms, 18mm
Scarce
This piece was minted in the name of Geta, who served as Caesar under Septimius Severus from 198-209 AD. The reverse features Castor, patron of the knights. Castor and Pollux are better known together as The Dioscuri, and their specific depiction individually is very infrequently seen. Geta was the second Castor in his coins.
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caracalla_AE22.jpg
210-217 AD - CARACALLA AE22 Trajanopolis, Thrace17 viewsobv: AYT K M AYPH ANTONINOC (radiate head right)
rev: TPAIAN-O-POLEITWN (Athena helmeted standing left, holding spear and shield and palladium in right hand)
ref: ?
3.64gms, 22mm
Trajanopolis was near on the Via Egnatia, at the mouth of the Hebrus river. Earlier called Doriscus, and this was the place where Xerxes counted his army, before he had attack against Greece (see Herodotus 7, 58). Imperial coins struck from Trajan to Gordian III.
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jmamaea_RIC679.jpg
230 AD - JULIA MAMAEA sestertius23 viewsobv: IVLIA MAMA-EA AVGVSTA (diademed & draped bust right)
rev: FELICITAS P-VBLICA (Felicitas seated left, holding caduceus & cornucopiae), S-C in ex.
ref: RIC 679 (Sev.Alex), Cohen 26
19.51gms,30mm
Julia Mamaea, daughter of Julia Maesa, sister of Julia Soaemias, and mother of Severus Alexander. On Roman coins she is honoured with the title of Augusta (A.D.222). She was ambitious and ruled under her son, even accompanying him to the Persian War, and her avarice caused her to commit acts of injustice in his name. Julia Mamaea was murdered along with her Imperial son in A.D.235.
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hierapolis_AE18.jpg
098-217 AD - HIERAPOLIS (Phrygia) AE18 55 viewsobv: - (bare head of Hercules)
rev: IERAPO-LITWN (winged Nemesis standing left, holding bridle, within dotted border)
ref: SNG Cop. 422. Weber, Hierapolis 142, 8
4.43gms, 18mm
Rare
Hierapolis can mean "sacred city", because of the several temples. The city was devastated by an earthquake which took place in 17 A.D. during the reign of Tiberius. In 60 AD, during the rule of emperor Nero, an even more severe earthquake left the city completely in ruins. Afterwards the city was rebuilt in Roman style with the financial support from the emperor. Hierapolis was visited by the Emperor Hadrian in 129 A.D., the Emperor Caracalla in 215 and the Emperor Valens in 370.
On obverse is a typical Hercules head, compare to my CORNELIA 58 denarius.
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diadumenian_RIC216.jpg
217-218 AD - DIADUMENIAN AE As26 viewsobv: M OPEL DIADVMENIANVS CAES (bare-headed, draped bust right)
rev: PRINC IVVENTVTIS (Diadumenian standing left, holding wand and scepter; two standards to right), S-C in ex.
ref: RIC IVii 216 (R), Cohen 13 (20frcs)
mint: Rome
10.31gms, 24mm (Better in hand than the picture allows.)

Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus or Diadumenian was the son of Roman Emperor Macrinus, who served his father briefly as Caesar from May, 217 to 218, and as Augustus in 218. He had little time to enjoy his position or to learn anything from its opportunities because the legions of Syria revolted and declared Elagabalus ruler of the Roman Empire. When Macrinus was defeated on June 8, 218, at Antioch, Diadumenian followed his father's death at the end of June.
This coin was found near a little village on plough-land where probably missed a fugitive citizen who fed up with the succession Sarmatian attacks.
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septsev_RIC167a.jpg
201 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR denarius21 viewsobv: SEVERVS AVG PART MAX (laureate head right)
rev: RESTITVTOR VRBIS (Severus standing left, holding scepter and patera over lit altar sacrificing)
ref: RIC IVi 167a, Cohen 599
mint: Rome
2.81gms, 19mm

This coin shows not of his having either rebuilt or embellished Rome, but of his having restored the honor of the "Eternal City" by avenging the death of Pertinax, secured domestic tranquillity to the empire by the destruction of his competitors Albinus and Niger, and made the Roman name again respected abroad by his victories over the Parthians.
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septsev_RIC702.jpg
195 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS sestertius26 viewsobv: L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VII (laureate head right)
rev: DIVI M PII F PM TRP III COS II PP (Septimius Severus standing left on left, holding Victory and spear, being crowned by Roma to right, holding parazonium), S-C in ex.
ref: RIC IVi 702 (R), C.128 (15frcs)
mint: Rome
20.11gms, 28mm
Rare

This coin is commemorated that Septimius Severus adopted himself into the family of Marcus Aurelius. The reverse legend DIVI Marci PII Filius shows the false assumption of an illustrious genealogy, Severus rendered himself particularly acceptable to the soldiers and to the uneducated classes of people. It was also from this circumstance that he acquired the power of conferring upon his son Bassianus (Caracalla) the name of Antoninus.
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caracalla_RIC04.jpg
196-198 AD - CARACALLA denarius 21 viewsobv: M AVR ANTONINVS CAES (draped bust right)
rev: SEVERI AVG PII FIL (sacrificial implements: lituus, axe, jug, simpulum & sprinkler)
ref: RIC IVi 4, RSC 587 (3frcs)
mint: Rome
3.42gms, 17mm
Scarce
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caracalla_RIC223.jpg
213 AD - CARACALLA denarius11 viewsobv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT (laureate head right)
rev: MARTI PROPVGNATORI (Mars walking left, holding spear and trophy)
ref: RIC IVi 223, RSC 150 (3frcs)
mint: Rome
3.18gms, 19mm
Scarce
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pro_salute_severi.jpg
GORSIUM - PRO SALVTE SEPT SEVERI - 202 AD75 viewsThis stone relief made to the visiting of Septimius Severus and his sons, Caracalla (Antoninus) and Geta in 202 AD. At the rebuilt Augustus temple the Emperor made the first sacrifice to the Gods. In 202 AD struck denarius in the name of Severus (RIC IVi 186), of Caracalla (RIC IVi 68) and of Geta (RIC IVi 26) what are probably show this act in the coins reverses. This stone relief also can be seen the last line had erased ten years later, after the Geta murder by the rules of Damnatio Memoriae.
The text:
PRO SALVTE IMP P
L SEPT SEVERI ET M AV
REL ANTONINI AVGG
(ET P SEPT GETAE CAES)
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geta_RIC38b.jpg
205 AD - GETA Caesar denarius16 viewsobv: GETA CAES PONT COS (draped bust right)
rev: VOTA PVBLICA (Geta standing left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod & holding roll)
ref: RIC IVi 38b, RSC 230
mint: Rome
3.2gms, 19.5mm
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severus_RIC254.jpg
202-210 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS denarius36 viewsobv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG (laureate head right)
rev: AFRICA (Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, reclining left with scorpion & cornucopiae; basket of corn-ears before)
ref: RIC IVi 254, RSC 31 (3frcs)
mint: Rome
2.67gms, 19mm
Scarce

This type was minted to mark the visit of Severus to Africa in 207 AD.
The coin has nice black patina, in reverse scratching, though the patina is good: throw a glance at the pattern of corn-ears or the tail of scorpion.
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plautilla_RIC362.jpg
202 AD - PLAUTILLA denarius29 viewsobv: PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE (draped bust right)
rev: PROPAGO IMPERI (Caracalla right, Plautilla on left, facing and clasping hands)
ref: RIC IVi 362D, Cohen 21 (4frcs)
mint: Rome
3.58gms, 19mm
Scarce

Struck during the life-time of Severus in honour of his eldest son's marriage (AD202).
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Aquilia_Severa_RIC225.jpg
220-222 AD - AQUILIA SEVERA AR denarius15 viewsobv: IVLIA AQVILIA SEVERA AVG (draped bust right)
rev: CONCORDIA (Concord standing half-left sacrificing over lighted altar, and holding double cornucopia, star in left field)
ref: RIC IVii 225 (Elagabalus) (S), RSC 2 (20fr.)
mint: Rome
2.39gms, 19mm
Very rare

It's interesting her hair style is different than the other coin, but in RIC not select according to different hair styles. Perhaps these very rare coins are too expensive and usually most of collector has only one...
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AquiliaSevera_RIC225.jpg
220-222 AD - AQUILIA SEVERA AR denarius18 viewsobv: IVLIA AQVILIA SEVERA AVG (draped bust right)
rev: CONCORDIA (Concord standing half-left sacrificing over lighted altar, and holding double cornucopia, star in left field)
ref: RIC IVii 225 (Elagabalus) (S), RSC 2 (20fr.)
mint: Rome
2.71gms, 18mm
Very rare

Iulia Aquilia Severa was the second and fourth wife of Emperor Elagabalus. She was a Vestal Virgin and her marriage to Elagabalus in 220 was the cause of enormous controversy - traditionally, the punishment for breaking the thirty-year vow of celibacy was death. Elagabalus is believed to have had religious reasons for marrying Severa - he himself was a follower of the eastern sun god El-Gabal, and when marrying himself to Severa, he also conducted a symbolic marriage of his god to Vesta.
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julia_paula_RIC211.jpg
220 AD - JULIA PAULA AR denarius16 viewsobv: IVLIA PAVLA AVG (draped bust right)
rev: CONCORDIA (Concordia seated left, holding patera; star in left field)
ref: RIC IVii 211 (Elagabalus) (S), RSC 6 (6frcs)
mint: Rome
2.91gms, 19mm
Scarce

In July 219, Julia Maesa had arranged for Julia Cornelia Paula (the daughter of Paulus, praetorian prefect) to marry her grandson, Rome's new emperor Elagabalus. Their wedding ceremony was a lavish ceremony that occurred in Rome. In September 220, Elagabalus ended his marriage to Paula and after the divorce, Elagabalus removed Paula's Augusta title. She withdrew from public life and her fate afterwards is unknown.
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septsev_RIC32.jpg
194 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR denarius19 viewsobv: L SEPT SEV PERT - AVG IMP III (laureate head right)
rev: LIBERO PATRI (Bacchus [Liber] standing left, holding oenochoe [wine-cup] over panther on left and thyrsus in other hand)
ref: RIC IVi, 32 (S), RSC 301 (5frcs)
mint: Rome
2.89 gms, 17 mm
Rare

In Roman mythology, Liber was originally associated with husbandry and crops, but then was assimilated with Dionysos. He is the consort of Ceres and the father of the goddess Libera. His festival, the Liberalia, was on 17 March when young men celebrated the arrival of manhood.
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geta_RIC59a.jpg
209 AD - GETA Caesar denarius16 viewsobv: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES (draped, slight bearded bust right)
rev: PONTIF COS II (Genius standing left, holding patera over lit altar & corn ears)
ref: RIC IVi 59a, RSC 114a, BMC 584
mint: Rome, struck early 209
3.3gms, 20mm
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geta_RIC79.jpg
211 AD - GETA Augustus denarius16 viewsobv: P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT (laureate head right)
rev: TR P III COS II P P (Janus standing facing left & right, holding spear & thunderbolt)
ref: RIC IVi 79, RSC 197,197a
mint: Rome
3.1 gms, 19.5 mm

Geta was killed in late December 211. His memory was condemned, his name removed from inscriptions, his face removed from sculptures and paintings. Official restoration of Geta's reputation came with the arrival of the emperor Elagabalus to Rome in 219, when Geta's remains were translated into the Mausoleum of Hadrian to join those of his father and brother.
Janus was the Roman god of doors, and of beginnings and endings. Of course, the month we know today as January was also named for Janus.
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jdomna_RIC551(septsev).jpg
206 AD - JULIA DOMNA denar22 viewsobv: IVLIA AVGVSTA (draped bust right)
rev: FELICITAS (Felicitas standing, head left, holding short caduceus and long scepter)
ref: RIC IVi 551(SeptSev), RSC 47
mint: Rome
2.48gms, 18mm
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jdomna_RIC382(caracalla).jpg
212 AD - JULIA DOMNA denarius31 viewsobv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG (draped bust to the right, her braided hair nicely arranged in waves and in a long bun behind the head)
rev: MATRI DEVM (Cybele, towered, standing front, head left and legs crossed, leaning left elbow on column while holding scepter and drum {Tympanum}; at feet, left, a lion)
ref: RIC IVi 382(Caracalla) (S), RSC137 (4frcs)
mint: Rome
3.6gms, 19mm
Scarce

Cybele in the Roman pantheon was the mother of several figures, including Zeus. She is often depicted with her attributes, one of which is a lion. This association with Cybele, and the inscription "MATRI DEVM", or "mother of the gods", is a clear reference to Domna's imperial status as mother of the divine Augustii.
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caracalla_RIC479b.jpg
211 AD - CARACALLA AE sestertius22 viewsobv: M AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT (laureate bust right, with drapery on left shoulder)
rev: FORT RED PM TRP XIIII COS III PP (Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia; wheel below chair), S-C in ex.
ref: RIC IVi 479b (S), RSC 85 (8frcs)
21.23gms, 33mm
Rare
mint: Rome
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caracalla_RIC225.jpg
213 AD - CARACALLA denarius23 viewsobv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT (laureate head right)
rev: PROFECTIO AVG (Caracalla in military dress standing right, holding spear; behind two standard)
ref: RIC IVi 225 (S), RSC 508 (10frcs)
mint: Rome
2.57gms, 19mm
Scarce

This coin is commemorate the departure for a short visit to Gallia and a campaing along the borders of Upper Germany and Raetia.
Historical backround: During the German war (213 AD), the emperor visited the shrine of the Celtic healing-god Grannus.
In classical Celtic polytheism, Grannus was a deity associated with spas, the sun, fires and healing thermal and mineral springs. He seems to have embodied the notion of therapeutic heat. One of the god’s most famous cult centres was at Aquae Granni (now Aachen, Germany). Aachen means ‘water’ in Old High German, a calque of the Roman name of "Aquae Granni".
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caracalla_RIC96.jpg
207 AD - CARACALLA denarius14 viewsobv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG (laureate head right)
rev: PONTIF TRP X COS II (Caracalla in military dress standing front, head right, holding spear and parazonium; to left river good, to right 2 reclining figure)
ref: RIC IVi 96 (S), RSC 441 (6frcs)
mint: Rome
3.07gms, 19mm
Scarce

The river good leans on an urn and usually holds a palm, one of the right figures often holds a palm. The three lean figure are probably Arabie, Parthie et Adiabéne (Trajan has a similar bronze).
According to other opinion the three figure are the rivers Eden and Tyne and Britannia.
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severus_RIC211.jpg
207 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR denarius17 viewsobv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG (laureate head right)
rev: PM TRP XV COS III PP (Victory seated right, holding shield on palm)
ref: RIC IVi 211, RSC 489, BMC 534, S 6340
mint: Rome
3.75gms, 19mm
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septsev_RIC417.jpg
194-195 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR denarius15 viewsobv: IMP CAE.L.SEP.SEV.PERT.AVG.COS.II (laureate head right)
rev: SAECVL FELICIT (seven stars above crescent)
ref: RIC IVi 417 (S), C 628 (3frcs)
mint: Emesa
3.20gms, 17mm
Scarce

Seven stars are found more often than any other number. They might have had different meanings on different coins. It is sometimes said that they represent the five planets known in classical times plus the sun and the moon, but that idea is hard to sustain on coins which show the moon as well. Another theory is that they represent the Pleiades, a constellation sometimes known as the Seven Sisters.
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caracalla_RIC118b.jpg
210 AD - CARACALLA denarius14 viewsobv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT (laureate head right)
rev: PONTIF TRP XIII COS III (Caracalla riding horse left, spearing enemy)
ref: RIC IVi 118b (S), BMC 39, RSC 487 (4frcs)
mint: Rome
2.78gms, 18mm
Scarce
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severus_RIC5.jpg
193 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR denarius35 viewsobv: [IMP CAE L SEP] SEV PERT AVG (laureate head right)
rev: [LEG] II ADIVT (eagle standing left; standard on either side), in ex. [TRP COS]
ref: RIC IVi 5 (S), C.260 (10frcs)
mint: Rome
3.12 gms, 17 mm
Scarce

During the civil war of 193, II Adiutrix supported the governor of Pannonia Superior, Lucius Septimius Severus, took part in his march on Rome, and probably in his campaign against his rival Pescennius Niger as well.
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septsev_RIC40.jpg
194-195 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS AR denarius14 viewsobv: L.SEPT.SEV.PERT.AVG.IMP.IIII (laureate head right)
rev: APOLLINI AGVSTO (sic!) (Apollo standing left, holding patera and lyre)
ref: RIC IVi 40 (S), C.42 (3frcs)
mint: Rome
2.30gms, 17mm
Scarce

The reverse legend is APOLLINI AGVSTO instead of APOLLINI AVGVSTO.
It was in memory of the veneration rendered by Augustus to Apollo, that this coin was struck, in which the name itself of Augustus is given to that deity, who is represented in the same costume and attitude. (Numiswiki)
See also my Antoninus Pius AE As (RIC III 824)
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jdomna_RIC632.jpg
193-196(?) AD - JULIA DOMNA AR denarius29 viewsobv: IVLIA DOMNA AVG (draped bust right, hair coiled and waved)
rev: VENERI VICTR (Venus half naked standing to r., holding an apple and a palm and leaning on a column)
ref: RIC IVi 632, C.194 (5frcs)
mint: Emesa and Laodicea (or probably Rome)
3.5gms, 18mm
Scarce

Julia Domna was the wife of Septimius Severus and mother of Caracalla and Geta. She was a great support for Severus in serving her family and the empire. A staunch opponent to Severus' praetorian prefect Plautianus, she attempted to turn his influence from the emperor. Her attempts to mitigate in the hatred between her two sons did not succeed. However, she seems to have prevented them from splitting the empire between them, fearing an all-out civil war. Perhaps this was one of the turning points of Roman history. If the empire had been divided at this time, future history may have become wholly different. Her greatest tragedy was probably the death of Geta in her arms from the murderers instigated by Caracalla. Nevertheless she continued serving the empire and Caracalla until, he too, was murdered. After bearing Caracalla's ashes to Rome, she starved herself to death.
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